REVIEW: The Vanishing Half

This is a story about a set of twins who were born in small town Louisiana. This town is full of light-skinned African-Americans and the twins fit in, but hope for more in life. When they run away, one decides to live a drastically different life pretending that she has white. The other marries a dark skinned man but eventually ends up back in the small town with her dark skinned daughter. The story follows the two twins and their daughters experience the world very differently based on how they are viewed and how they view themselves.

I liked the multi generational aspect of this one. The various takes on identity and the concept of your self versus your genetics was really intriguing. I loved that it also explored gender identity. But what kept us from being higher rated for me was that I didn’t find any of the characters particularly likable. I was interested in their stories, but I wasn’t exactly rooting for them. To be honest I liked Reese as a secondary character much more than any of the primary ones.

What books are you trying to squeeze in before the end of the month?

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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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